The Office Chairs of 2011
Wilkhahn | Graph Chair Designed by Jehs + Laub
Designers Markus Jehs and Jürgen Laub develop a new, high-end range of conference chairs for Wilkhahn. At the design’s core is a seat shell that can be divided and put back together differently, with the armrests becoming the main link between the seat and the backrest. The original, unitary shell shape is still recognizable, but a high level of visual lightness is achieved by the cut-out section and open armrests.
The principle’s benefit is that it is very easy to combine different types of seat and backrest heights to produce diverse models. Comfort also enjoys high priority. The concept includes the integration of three-dimensionally sprung comfort without involving any mechanics. Prototypes of the range was showcased for the first time at Orgatec 2010.
Production is planned for the second half of 2011.
Wilkhahn | Chassis Designed by Stefan Diez
Multi-purpose chair Chassis, designed by Stefan Diez, is a worldwide sensation. For the first time, space-frame technology has been used in a chair. The robust seat and back frame and connecting elements on the four legs are deep drawn from sheet metal in one and joined by welding robots to form a complete frame. The materials and technology combine comfort, strength and durability with the precision and elegance of a fascinating design. The economical use of materials also includes sustainable recycling.
An ergonomically shaped, unitary seat and back polypropylene membrane is fixed to the frame. The detachable, finely grained plastic shell is easy to maintain and durable. Weighing less than five and a half kilos, the comfortable chair is easy to handle. The special fusion of shape and materials make Chassis the favorite chair – at work or at home.
Chassis is available in black, grey and white from the first quarter in 2011.
Herman Miller | Sayl by Yves Behar
Created collaboratively between American manufacturing company Herman Miller and industrial designer and Fuseproject founder Yves Béhar, you’re looking at the “Sayl” chair. Over 2.5 years in the making, the chair’s design is influenced by the suspension bridges of San Francisco, where the chair was created. For maximum comfort, various degrees of tension are infused into the injection-molded back, providing sacral, lumbar and spine support. The chair’s elegant form also works to adapt to the user’s movement, particularly given the structure’s integrated 3-dimensional intelligence. Now available in both side and work chair forms in various colors, the chairs are importantly made from 93% recyclable material.
Vitra | ID Chair designed by Antonio Citterio
The ID Chair brings a subtle, elegant design and light color tones to office spaces – and provides countless possibilities for people to adapt it to their own individual needs in terms of function, comfort and look. Based on technically innovative platform mechanism, the system provides more than 8,000 options for customization to suit the individual user, while always remaining essentially the same chair in look and construction with all the benefits this brings for companies in terms of aesthetics, maintenance, and service.
Kokuyo | Ibuki
The key to a comfortable chair can be found in the level of support provided in the lumbar region and the seat surface, at the very moment person sits down. IBUKI harnesses the power of air in these key areas to provide unparalleled air support when you need it, where you need it.
IBUKI’s unique air bags installed in the lumbar region enable perfect adjustment to fit the shape of the user, enabling them to easily and simply achieve real sitting comfort. A seat cushion composed of rivuleted urethane covered in three-dimensional mesh disperses the body’s heat on the seat maximizing comfort for users, thus making IBUKI the ideal choice for today’s demanding business environment.
The auto adjust rocking system allows users to gently recline in full comfort and with full support.